Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Weight Gain Factors or Convenient Excuses

Just call me a skeptic!  The longer I continue with my weight management program (4 years strong) the more skeptical I become about all the "causes" for weight gain.  Every time I turn around there is another report or article about some new reason for why people get fat.  I'm not a Doctor or Researcher, but based on what I have lost and kept off, I have become a pretty practical person when it comes to weight loss.

To be honest, I hear soooo many reasons why people can't lose weight.  Never mind the fact that they have never really embarked on a sensible plan, it seems to be the "in thing" to find someone or something to blame for their short comings and weight loss easily ranks at the top of that list.

Its amazing to me how much energy people spend looking for data to support their reasoning for carrying around all those extra pounds.  To each his own, but the more excuses you use, the less you will lose.  Now I am not disputing any of the medical studies, but so what if living in an Air Conditioned house (that one is real) contributes to your obese ways?  Don't dwell on it, get over it.

Yet another article listing "surprising reasons" for weight gain was published on the My Health Daily News website. (#11 is the AC thing)  I'm not bashing the Author, Amanda Chan, as she did a great job of reporting the findings of others and certainly the information was pretty interesting overall.  But my response is so what? 

If you feel relieved to know that one (or more) of those items might have caused you to gain weight that's fine, but what are you going to do now?  You have the weight and that is a fact, so are you going to focus on putting together a sensible weight loss plan to get rid of them or dwell on that alleged cause of those extra pounds.

They say that knowledge is power, but the real power is how you use that knowledge to better yourself.  So learn all you can, but put it to good use instead of making excuses.  In the case of excess weight, either do something (smart) about it or accept it and move on.  But either way, forget the excuse and focus on the realities.

My website is full of examples of how I got past the excuses and focused on losing 70 pounds, then keeping it off.  You can get the basics by reading my plan or go further with my book.

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